Benefits of Olive Oil

The health benefits of olive oil are unrivaled, and research reveals more benefits nearly every day. In fact, we are only just beginning to understand the countless ways olive oil can improve our health, and our lives. Olive oil is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet – an essential nutritional mainstay for the world’s longest-living cultures.

Olive oils are used across many cooking shows and cooking books as it is an ingredient that brings unique flavors to any dish. Here are some of the main health benefits that olive oils provide.

Olive Oil can help keep the heart healthy

An American College of Physicians journal noted a study on olive phenolics, and provided evidence that virgin olive oil has more favorable effects on high-density lipoprotein (HDL) a good form of cholesterol, than other, more refined oil varieties.

Olive Oil helps extract vitamins from food

Extra Virgin olive oil is a good solvent for Omega-3 sources such as fish and green vegetables, and helps change the form of Vitamins A, D and E to a form that is more easily absorbed by your body. Omega-3 facilitates the absorption of calcium, which promotes bone health.

Olive Oil can help reduce inflammation and pain

Consuming too much Omega-6 leads to the formation of pro-inflammatory substances which can lead to arthritis and other inflammation related diseases. Omega-6 is found in much higher levels in soybean oil, safflower oil and sunflower oils.

Olive Oil can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease

The USFDA permits the claim that evidence suggests consuming two tablespoons worth of olive oils each day may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, due to the mono-unsaturated fat present in such olive oils.

Olive Oil is healthier stored in colored glass

Even the best quality extra virgin olive oil will experience much higher levels of oxidation when stored in clear glass, and will deteriorate faster, destroying natural antioxidants. Up to 50% of phenolics and Vitamin E can be lost after just a few months in clear glass. Colored glass prevents this decay and promotes a longer oil life.